Tuesday, July 17, 2007

One more round for Foppa?

Woody Paige of the Denver Post's piece urging the Colorado Avalanche to bring back the face of their past, Peter Forsberg, who currently sits as a free agent without a contract contemplating retirement has been creating some buzz lately as many members of the blogosphere ponder aloud whether bringing back Forsberg for a genuine goodbye, as Paige suggests in his column, would be the best course of action for the Avs.

Obviously the primary issue involving signing Forsberg is his storied injury history. Foppa has only once played 82 games in his NHL career, back in the 1995-96 season and over his 13-year career has averaged a measly 54 games a season. In addition to the fact Forsberg will likely not be able to eclipse the 60-game mark again, his effectiveness and durability when he actually does show up to the rink is equally questionable. For the first time in his career, Forsberg averaged less than a point a game last year, scoring 55 points in 57 games with Philadelphia and Nashville. He was also not a point-a-game man for the Predators in the postseason, scoring four points in five games.

Despite all the questions, one has to agree with Paige that giving one of the greatest playoff performers and two-way players in NHL history a proper goodbye is in the best interest of not only the Colorado Avalanche, but the entire National Hockey League. Seeing Forsberg team up with Joe Sakic one more time would be delightful.

UPDATE Another Denver Post staff writer, Adrian Dater, reports that his surgically repaired right ankle's condition is encouraging and has informed a Swedish newspaper that several NHL teams remained interested in his services and that he will make a decision when he feels mentally and physically ready. Interestingly enough, Avalanche GM Francois Giguere stated that he is unsure whether he is comfortable tinkering with the Avs' lineup, despite the fact that Colorado still has about $6 million to work with under the cap.

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